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Election blog - 16 days to go.

The call to “end austerity” echoes from the Scottish glens and the Welsh valleys with the SNP and Plaid Cymru leading the way respectively. It is echoed in the Aussie twang of that great seer of our time, Natalie Bennett of the Greens. Austerity is spoken of as if it is an end in itself. As if those who have imposed it on us believe austerity is how you do things. Perhaps we need to remind people what it is and why we need it for a few more years...

Election blog - 17 days to go.

Last Friday we had an election hustings at Kennet School in Thatcham. I was disappointed that only about 70 people from a community of 25,000 turned up. Of those a fair proportion were Liberal Democrat Councillors and activists. Part of me wanted to ask at the outset who in the room had yet to decide how to vote but I didn’t want to “do a Farage” by questioning the partiality of the audience...

Election Blog 29 days to go.

I have been campaigning in West Berkshire for 24 years (when I won a Council seat off the Lib Dems by just 22 votes). I know most roads and streets. I have been immersed in communities large and small and in political campaigning I know what works and what does not.

People around here don’t like negative campaigning...

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Weaponising dead migrants hmm. Not his finest. Large % escaping N Africa come from other countries than Libya so Mili wrong on every level

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